Tom Jones

Tom Jones

3.4 22
by Henry Fielding
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Richly descriptive, gloriously high-spirited, epic, comic, tragic, and still amazingly lifelike after 200 years, Tom Jonesis one of the marvels of literature.

Set in mid-18th century England, the story focuses on young Tom himself: pure-hearted and warm-blooded, parentage unknown and future uncertain. As he travels life's highway in search of fame and

…  See more details below

Overview

Richly descriptive, gloriously high-spirited, epic, comic, tragic, and still amazingly lifelike after 200 years, Tom Jonesis one of the marvels of literature.

Set in mid-18th century England, the story focuses on young Tom himself: pure-hearted and warm-blooded, parentage unknown and future uncertain. As he travels life's highway in search of fame and fortune, he comes face-to-face with virtue and vice; before he achieves his destiny, he suffers all the outrages of comic misfortune.

In this audio recording you'll meet the kindly Squire Allworthy, the malevolent Blifil, the beautiful and virtuous Sophia, the bawdy Molly and the seductive Mrs. Waters. As they pursue each other from one part of the country to another, Tom Joneswill entertain and delight you every step of the way.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Two hundred years have not dimmed Fielding’s realism. His humor is closer to our own than that of any writer before the present century.”—Kingsley Amis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140430097
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/30/1966
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
896
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

George Sherburn
Not the serious moral intention of the author, nor even the superb fusion of all elements, can fully account for the pleasure intelligent readers have found for two hundred years in reading Tom Jones. One must recognize as a supreme aid to the success of the book the fact that it is composed with confident directness and precision, and especially that it is written in healthy high spirits—that Fielding keenly enjoyed writing it.
Edward Gibbon
The successors of Charles the Fifth may disdain their brethren of England; but the romance of Tom Jones, that exquisite picture of human manners, will outlive the palace of the Escurial and the imperial eagle of the house of Austria.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Upon my word, I think Tom Jones is one of the most perfect plots ever planned.

Meet the Author

Fredson Bowers was a professor of literature at the University of Virginia for more than forty years and a preeminent textual critic.

Martin C. Battestin is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at the University of Virginia and a leading scholar on Henry Fielding. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >